Weekly Round up

We have had a week of preparation in school this week – as the children get ready for some big events in the next couple of weeks.

Across school, the corridors have been filled with the sound of music as children practice Christmas songs ready for nativities, church performances and Christingle. We love singing in our school, and we are very excited to share our new songs with the whole school community.

We have been delighted to announce our Diamond Standard winners in the last week. This is the culmination of a term of hard work, as five people are celebrated for their curiosity, courage, commitment, care and creativity. It is so hard to decide winners each term, as there are so many worthy candidates, but we were delighted with our representatives this term – who will now be invited to a grand trust celebration in the summer.

We are now on the lookout for our next group of winners, who will be awarded at the end of the Spring term.

Please make sure you check our calendar dates and Facebook regularly for all the Christmas events we have planned between now and the end of the year – and enjoy a relaxing, festive weekend!

Class Round up

This week Year 5, Year 6 and Class B4 are excited to show what they’ve been up to.

Year 5

We have had a really interesting week in year 5 where we have been lucky enough to work with the poet Bob Beagrie.

We have completed two poetry workshops which has seen us create our own group poems and even ended with our own poetry slam.

We will then be working with an animator to bring these poems to life. We can’t wait to share them with everybody! 

Year 6

In Year Six, we have been learning about Charles Darwin and evolution in Science. We wanted to find out if different types of beaks effected how much food a bird could pick up.

To represent the beaks we had scissors, pegs and a fork. We used these to see which foods were the easiest to pick up such as pasta, sultanas, sunflower seeds and laces (to represent different insects and wild fruit).

The results were quite surprising and we understood how some animals survive in the wild and why others do not. 

Class B4

A fab half term with endless creativity! 

We have enjoyed being creative during Art where we produced our own land art with Year 5 and with an amazing team at the Redcar Contemporary Art Gallery.

We made a wonderful sand sculpture and even got creative at Foxrush – all with the influence of Andy Goldsworthy.

PE has helped us work on our dancing skills combining emotion with the focus of the 1850s circus and in English we have begun our focus on writing a recount in dairy form- thanks to a much enjoyed book the Danger Gang.


Each week we have an ‘Awesome Attendance’ competition for the class or classes with the highest attendance. The class with the highest attendance will receive a letter and the first class to spell out ‘Awesome’ receives a treat for the whole class.

Which class will be the first to receive that treat?

Missed Learning

39 days of missed learning occurred this week due to unauthorised absences. Unauthorised absences are for holidays, parents/carers not contacting the academy or any other unexplained absence. With most minor ailments, children can be in school, so we really encourage you to think about keeping your child at home.

100% Attendance

This week we had 212 children who achieved 100% Attendance for this week. A huge WELL DONE to you all😊

Can you get 100% next week?

Missed Appointments

We strive to accommodate parents/carers with appointment times within the academy.

Unfortunately we have noticed that many appointments have been missed, occasionally this may be due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you have to cancel and/or re-arrange your appointment, please ensure you contact the academy as soon as possible.

Failing to turn up for an appointment and not contacting the academy to cancel it has an adverse effect on other parents/carers appointment times. This can also take valuable staff time that could have been utilised by other parents.

Diary Dates and Reminders

Art Gallery

Redcar Contemporary Art Gallery will be opening their doors at 5pm to the public and invite parents and children to the Children Exhibition. It will be hosting the sculpture work done by year 5 and B4.

If you cannot attend tonight, then the exhibition will be on from Wednesday to Saturday 11 am – 4pm until 23rd December. 

Christmas Extravaganza

Lunch Menu

Our lunches are provided on a 3 week rota. Choices next week will be Week 3.

Nut Free Academy

A reminder to all parents we are a Nut Free Academy, please read below.

Links to support our Children and Families

Cost of Living


There would appear to be a problem with head lice in the academy.  Several parents have informed us that their child has headlice; obviously this must mean that there are other children who also have the problem. 

I have taken this opportunity to provide some up-to-date advice for treating headlice and I would ask every parent to please check their child’s hair tonight and every night and treat if necessary. 

It is not sufficient to simply shampoo your child’s hair; this will not get rid of the lice – parents should visit a chemist, supermarket or see their family doctor to purchase or obtain a prescription for headlice lotion and follow the instructions.  An alternative method, and one which does not involve the use of chemicals, is as follows: 

  • Fill a sink with water 
  • Wet the child’s hair 
  • Apply conditioner 
  • Comb (with a fine tooth comb or nit comb) the child’s hair into the sink.  If there are any lice they will fall out into the water. 

It is recommended that the above treatment be done for at least 4 days. 

If you know your child has headlice, please treat it as soon as possible and check your child’s hair every night.   

The school nurse can be contacted via school, if any further advice or information is needed. 

Bring It On Christmas

Agency Coffee Morning

Just a reminder that the Multi Agency Coffee morning is taking place next Wednesday for families who have a concern that their child may be autistic, have sensory processing needs, ADHD or FASD.  The following professionals will be there to answer questions; Neurodevelopmental team, SENDIASS, R&C SEN Team, CAMHS/SPOC, Carers Together, SEND Family Voice, Kooth, Inclusion.

The 4 T’s of Diabetes

National Sleep Helpline

Families Drop In

Online Courses for Parents

Access to Research

Max Card


You can also get your children’s uniform here.

Lollipops have a preloved rail out on the shop floor with various items on including polo tops, trousers, sweatshirts/cardigans, shoes, plimsolls, summer dresses etc. All items on the rail are free for anyone to take, they just ask for customers to be considerate of others when taking items. There is a box for anyone who would like to make donations which we then add to the rail.

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